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Last night the Louisa County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution based on a public hearing in which many more people spoke in favor of the resolution than against it. At the close of the hearing, Supervisor Duane Adams spoke glowingly about what a wonderful example this was of democracy in action.
Over the course of the past year, there have been public hearings and speakers during public comment periods about the regional business park planned at Shannon Hill. Almost every speaker was opposed to the business park and yet the Board passed it. Where was democracy then?
I think in the case of the business park those opposed were labeled as a group who did not represent the views of most of the residents. Despite the large turnout, I would contend that those who spoke in favor of the resolution last night were even more representative of a group not speaking for most of the citizens.
If the Board purports to be listening to the people, maybe they need a better system than listening to the side who imports the most and the loudest. It’s a good way to get attention, but it’s not democracy.
I would suggest that a referendum would be the way to find out what the people of Louisa want on both of these issues.
Editor’s Note: this letter originally appeared in the December 5th edition of the Central Virginian, and has been re-posted here with the author’s permission.
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